SLIPKNOT percussionist Chris Fehn recently spoke to Sean Moeller of the Ames Tribune about the group's homecoming show at the Hilton Coliseum in Des Moines, IA Saturday night (April 23).
The show marks the first time the nine-man metal band will play Hilton, a landmark venue that was impressionable throughout all of their adolescent days.
They loved driving up Interstate 35 to attend QUEENSRŸCHE and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES concerts in the big basketball arena.
"It's like a dream come true," said Fehn. "It was a short drive, and you could slam beers on the way up."
A homecoming show for SLIPKNOT means dozens and dozens of legitimate friends and almost-friends seeping out of the woodwork to grub for tickets and hang-time.
"It's sick," Fehn said.
Fehn is the only one from the band who has set up residence somewhere other than Des Moines, moving recently to Lake Tahoe, Calif.
All other members — the crazy clowns, the scarred and the deformed — are raising their families in the city they grew up in while ravaging the rest of the world with SLIPKNOT's drilling musical fusillade.
Des Moines is the place SLIPKNOT will always call home, no matter what people who have never been here assume about it. It's where they fostered a rabid taste for classic KISS. It's where they honed their musicianship, in each others' basements (when they weren't playing video games), over the long and frigid winter months.
"People out west think we ride horses to school and that it's that primitive back there," Fehn said. "It's really a totally a killer place to live. You can just take off, and five minutes later, you're on a dirt road hanging out in a cornfield, partying with your friends. It's a good place to be laid-back."
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